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    Is Radical Orthodoxy Like Jumbo Shrimp Is Radical Orthodoxy Like Jumbo Shrimp Presentation Transcript

    • Is “Radical Orthodoxy” Like “Jumbo Shrimp”? An Introduction The Promise and Perils of Post-Secular Theology
    • A Little Background
      • My introduction to Postmodernity
    • Primary Questions
      • How Radical is Radical Orthodoxy?
      • How Orthodox is Radical Orthodoxy?
      • Is the emphasis on Radical or Orthodoxy ?
      • What are the promises and the perils of Radical Orthodoxy?
    • Radical Orthodox Theologians
      • John Milbank: Theology and Social Theory
      • Catherine Pickstock
      • Graham Ward
      • William Cavanaugh
      • James K. A. Smith
    • What is it?
      • Radically Post-modern
      • Brazenly Theological
      • Unapologetically Confessional
      • Aggressively Social
    • I. Radically Post-Modern “ Weird for the sake of Weird”
    • Pre-Modernity Reason Revelation
    • Modernity Reason Phenomena Noumena
    • The Wrong Turn of Modernity
      • Foundationalist Epistemology
      • Quest for Rational Certainty
      • Loss of participatory ontology
      • Loss of the historical (time)
      • Loss of the catholic (universal)
    • Leads to…
      • Fragmentation of society
      • Breakdown of communication
      • Loss of wonder and beauty
      • Textual nihilism
      • Individualistic narcissism
      • Rejection of dogmatic/confessional theology
      • Results in a “Religion Without Religion” (Derrida)
    • Jean-Francois Lyotard
      • Postmodernism: “incredulity towards
      • Metanarratives”
    • Jacques Derrida
      • There is Nothing Outside the Text!
    • Michel Foucault
      • Power is Knowledge
    • The Primary Culprits: The Rejection of Revelation and the Loss of Participatory Ontology
      • Duns Scotus’ Knowledge by Abstraction versus Augustine’s Knowledge by Illumination
    • Example of the End of Modernity: Pruitt-Igoe Housing Demolition
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    • II. Brazenly Theological
      • Post-Secular: All theory (social, political, economic, philosophical) is confessional/theological
      • “ All thought which brackets out God is ultimately nihilistic”
      • Christian theology returns to being the queen of the disciplines
      • Theology must be non-accommodationist
      • Christian theology now offers a discourse able to position and overcome nihilism itself. This is why it is so important to reassert theology as a master discourse; theology, alone, remains the discourse of non-mastery.
      • — John Milbank
    • Recovering Metaphysics
      • Plato
      • Augustine
      • Aquinas
    • III. Rigorously Confessional
      • A new ad fontes: Ressourcement
      • “ Abandoning all scholastic attempts to graft faith onto a universal base of reason [Radical Orthodoxy] instead turns to the church Fathers.”
      • — Milbank
    • IV. Aggressively Social
      • “ Not simply returning in nostalgia to the premodern, it visits sites in which secularism has invested heavily — aesthetics, politics, sex, the body, personhood, visibility, space — and resituates them from a Christian standpoint; that is, in terms of the Trinity, Christology, the Church and the Eucharist.” — Radical Orthodoxy
    • The Church as Polis
      • Augustine’s City of God
      • The church is the only
      • authentic polis, because
      • it eschews individualism
      • “ The church IS a social ethic”
    • The Promise of Radical Orthodoxy
      • Returns theology to public discourse
      • Points out the “confessional” nature of secularism
      • Challenges faith/reason dichotomy
      • Challenges sacred/secular dualism
      • Emphasizes the role of the church in the world
      • Attempts a rigorous confessional Christianity within a pluralist, post-secular context
    • The Perils of Radical Orthodoxy
      • Limits potential for interdisciplinary dialogue(?)
      • Lacks clear criterion for Ressourcement ? (which theologian? Which tradition?)
      • Undermines the constructive promise of contextual theology (voices from the margins)
      • Is it desconstructive enough? Is it reconstructive enough?
      • Metaphysics potentially over-rides biblical and systematic theology
        • Sophia as warning